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Bourbon Roses are named after Ile de Bourbon a small island in the Indian Ocean (now known as Reunion) which was once a French Colony but is now an "Overseas Department of France", whatever that means. The Bourbon Rose was a natural cross between Rosa chinensis and Rosa damascena bifera, these two pollen parents being a popular choice for hedging on the Island so there was obviously some horticultural hanky-panky going on in the hedge-rows. There are several disputed claims as to who saw this chance seedling first however it remains undisputed that seeds of this "new" rose were sent to France around 1817. There they were grown by the head gardener to King Louis-Philippe and became known as "Rosier de I'lle Bourbon". A very similar rose - many say exactly the same - grew in the Calcutta Botanic Gardens around the same time and was known in India as Rose Edouard. Perhaps the original seed was more widely distributed than first thought?

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aka Boule de Neige / Snowball rose

Bourbon. This rose grows into a slender upright shrub with mid green foliage. The buds are tinted with crimson but open to reveal pure white, highly fragrant blooms with perfect symmetry. Generous with regular clusters of bloom throughout the season. 1867 France.

 

Flower Colour: White
Habit: Upright
Mature Size (HxW): 1.5m x 1m

Boule de Neige

Expected Stock Height: 30/40 cm  ? 

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Bourbon. The heritage of this rose is unknown but general consensus by rose lovers is that it is one of the nicest striped roses to be found. Delicate shades of lilac and purple on a large cupped blooms complemented by lush foliage. Few thorns, plenty of blooms and a delicious fragrance. Lovely.

This rose can be trained successfully as a small climber.

 

Flower Colour: Lavender / Purple
Habit: Upright
Mature Size (HxW): 1.8m x 1.5m

Honorine de Brabant

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aka The Shell Rose

Bourbon. The slender canes of this lovely old fashioned rose are long and willow-like. The rose pink blooms are medium sized, perfectly cupped and fabulously fragrant. Repeats well from summer to autumn if treated kindly. From France 1872. Sometimes called 'The Shell Rose'.

 

Flower Colour: Pink / Lavender
Habit: Upright
Mature Size (HxW): 1.2m x 90cm

La Reine Victoria

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aka AKA Madame de Stella

Bourbon. The petals of this lovely rose are perfectly arranged to form very large blooms that are double and shaded a rich rose pink. An exquisite fragrance delights the nose, the relatively thorn free stems delight the gardener. Tall, vigorous and will bloom generously throughout the season. 1851.

 

Flower Colour: Pink
Habit: Upright
Mature Size (HxW): 1.5m x 1.2m

Louise Odier

Expected Stock Height: 30/40 cm  ? 

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Bourbon. A very beautiful old rose with cupped blooms of palest silvery pink touched with white, especially at the edges. The blooms are sweetly scented. Repeat displays throughout the season with a final flourish in the autumn. Relatively few thorns and long slightly lax canes. From France - 1878.

 

Flower Colour: Pink / White
Habit: Upright
Mature Size (HxW): 1.8m x 1.2m

Mme Pierre Oger

Expected Stock Height: 30/40 cm  ? 

New stock expected Middle of July, 2024. Waitlist now. Estimated price TBA. Payment on order.

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aka Dresden China

Bourbon. AKA Dresden China. Light pink to cerise blending. Strong fragrance. Globular bloom form. Continuous (perpetual) bloom throughout the season. Can be used for cut flower or garden. Shade tolerant. Bred by George Paul (UK, before 1921).

 

Flower Colour: Pink
Habit: Upright
Mature Size (HxW): 2.5m x 1.8m

Sophies Perpetual

Expected Stock Height: 30/40 cm  ? 

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Bourbon. This rose is named after the famous garden of Empress Josephine - wife of Napoleon Bonaparte who collected roses from all over the world. Blooms are delicately perfumed, double, quartered and blush white with pink shadings. Likes a sunny position as this Madame doesn't like getting wet 1843

 

Flower Colour: White / Pink
Habit: Upright
Mature Size (HxW): 1.2m x 1.2m

Souvenir de La Malmaison

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aka Souvenir de Madame Brueil

Bourboun. Deep cerise or magenta- pink fragrant double blooms that flower in flushes throughout the season.Vigorous plant with bright green foliage. Available only in Australia and New Zealand.Bred by Antoine Levet (père) (France, 1889).

 

Flower Colour: Pink
Habit: Columnar
Mature Size (HxW): 2.15m x 0.9m

Souvenir de Monsieur Bruel

Current Stock Height: Bay 10  ? 

Container: 5l  ? 

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Bourbon. Discovered in Ireland and named after the famous garden near Dublin where it was growing. This almost single rose has delicate pearly pink petals and a gentle sweet fragrance. Quite delightful in full flower. Repeats well and is a reliable performer. 1950.

 

Flower Colour: Pink
Habit: Upright
Mature Size (HxW): 1.5m x 1m

Souvenir de St Annes

Expected Stock Height: 30/40 cm  ? 

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